Aug 27, 2019
G7 leaders during a working session at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on August 25, 2019. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool, Reuters)

Global Perspectives: G7 Leaders' Summit

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks sum up the outcomes of the G7 summit, held in Biarritz, France, from August 24 to 26.
G7 leaders during a working session at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on August 25, 2019. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool, Reuters)
Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks sum up the outcomes of the G7 summit, held in Biarritz, France, from August 24 to 26.
May 28, 2019
A man votes with ripped up ballots during the Belgian general and regional elections, and for the European Parliament elections in Limal, Belgium, on May 26, 2019. (Yves Herman/Reuters)

The Battle for Europe’s Soul

With the 2019 European Parliament elections, the world was holding its breath to see if far-right iconoclasts would storm to new heights in Brussels. While the center has held, the centrist left/right duopoly experienced significant losses, and the far-right made gains overall. This reconfiguration could energize policy debate—or contribute to gridlock—in Europe’s only directly-elected democratic arena.

A man votes with ripped up ballots during the Belgian general and regional elections, and for the European Parliament elections in Limal, Belgium, on May 26, 2019. (Yves Herman/Reuters)

With the 2019 European Parliament elections, the world was holding its breath to see if far-right iconoclasts would storm to new heights in Brussels. While the center has held, the centrist left/right duopoly experienced significant losses, and the far-right made gains overall. This reconfiguration could energize policy debate—or contribute to gridlock—in Europe’s only directly-elected democratic arena.

Apr 08, 2019
Polish Army PT-91 tank is seen during Silver Arrow 2017, the multinational military drills involving eleven NATO member countries in Adazi, Latvia on October 29, 2017. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

NATO’s Options and Dilemmas After the INF Treaty

In a post–INF Treaty world, NATO can combine deterrence and arms control in different ways, but the trade-offs and difficulties in bridging the differences among allies will not be easy.

Polish Army PT-91 tank is seen during Silver Arrow 2017, the multinational military drills involving eleven NATO member countries in Adazi, Latvia on October 29, 2017. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

In a post–INF Treaty world, NATO can combine deterrence and arms control in different ways, but the trade-offs and difficulties in bridging the differences among allies will not be easy.

Dec 21, 2018
A giant Earth artwork is displayed in the Hintze Hall inside the Natural History Museum in London, Britain on November 30, 2018. Simon Dawson/Reuters

Planet Earth Takes Center Stage in 2019 Global Summits

The hectic 2019 summit calendar offers little rest for world leaders, wicked and virtuous alike. It also affirms that ecological matters—that is, humanity’s relationship with the biosphere—are now front and center in world politics.

A giant Earth artwork is displayed in the Hintze Hall inside the Natural History Museum in London, Britain on November 30, 2018. Simon Dawson/Reuters

The hectic 2019 summit calendar offers little rest for world leaders, wicked and virtuous alike. It also affirms that ecological matters—that is, humanity’s relationship with the biosphere—are now front and center in world politics.

Dec 03, 2018
Leaders pose for a family photo during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 30, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Global Perspectives: G20 Leaders' Summit

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks sum up the outcomes of the G20 summit, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 30 to December 1. 


Leaders pose for a family photo during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 30, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of five leading global think tanks sum up the outcomes of the G20 summit, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 30 to December 1. 


Oct 16, 2018
Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map Screenshot

How to Improve Aid to Pacific Island Nations

The geopolitical competition for influence among China and other powers appears to be heating up in the Pacific Island region. However, recent data from the Lowy Institute’s Pacific Aid Map finds that China’s aid pledges tend to be overstated. While the goal of the Pacific Aid Map is to make aid better in the region, it also helps to inject nuance into an intense public debate about aid.

Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map Screenshot

The geopolitical competition for influence among China and other powers appears to be heating up in the Pacific Island region. However, recent data from the Lowy Institute’s Pacific Aid Map finds that China’s aid pledges tend to be overstated. While the goal of the Pacific Aid Map is to make aid better in the region, it also helps to inject nuance into an intense public debate about aid.

Jun 28, 2018
A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on November 22, 2017. Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Healthier Together: Global Health Governance in the Era of SDGs

Global leaders have called for a greater commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, but in order to achieve them, reforms should be made to support enhanced global coordination. Any actions should aim toward increasing WHO financing, promoting systematic dialogue, and creating binding frameworks to collectively mitigate global health issues.

A logo is pictured on the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on November 22, 2017. Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Global leaders have called for a greater commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, but in order to achieve them, reforms should be made to support enhanced global coordination. Any actions should aim toward increasing WHO financing, promoting systematic dialogue, and creating binding frameworks to collectively mitigate global health issues.

Jun 06, 2018
Flags are placed at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy on May 26, 2017. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Can the G7 Summit Succeed?

The G7 summit agenda would be ambitious even under normal conditions, and the circumstances surrounding the Charlevoix summit are far from normal. With a trade war brewing between the United States and other G7 members, the summit faces steep obstacles to success.

Flags are placed at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy on May 26, 2017. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The G7 summit agenda would be ambitious even under normal conditions, and the circumstances surrounding the Charlevoix summit are far from normal. With a trade war brewing between the United States and other G7 members, the summit faces steep obstacles to success.

Apr 23, 2018
A man walks past an official logo the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru on April 14, 2018. MARCOS BRINDICCI/REUTERS

The 2018 Summit of the Americas: A Lost Opportunity

The profoundly uninspiring 2018 Summit of the Americas should be seen as a wasted opportunity of epic proportions. More sophisticated regional cooperation in the realms of migration, surging violence and crime, drug trafficking, and democracy is crucial to help nations across the Western Hemisphere overcome the many domestic challenges they face.

A man walks past an official logo the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru on April 14, 2018. MARCOS BRINDICCI/REUTERS

The profoundly uninspiring 2018 Summit of the Americas should be seen as a wasted opportunity of epic proportions. More sophisticated regional cooperation in the realms of migration, surging violence and crime, drug trafficking, and democracy is crucial to help nations across the Western Hemisphere overcome the many domestic challenges they face.

Mar 27, 2018
Workers check steel bars at a factory of Dongbei Special Steel Group Co., Ltd. in Dalian, Liaoning province, China November 27, 2017.  REUTERS

The Asia-Pacific’s Response to Rising U.S. Protectionism

The Asia-Pacific response to Trump’s protectionist policies could drastically change the shape of the regional trade architecture.

Workers check steel bars at a factory of Dongbei Special Steel Group Co., Ltd. in Dalian, Liaoning province, China November 27, 2017.  REUTERS

The Asia-Pacific response to Trump’s protectionist policies could drastically change the shape of the regional trade architecture.